DRAPER, Utah. Draper City has been made aware that there are some residents in Draper whose homes have tested positive for radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is found in varying levels throughout the world and has been reported in homes throughout the Salt Lake Valley. If residents are concerned about whether or not they have a high level in their home, the city encourages them to purchase a self-test kit. The only way to know for sure is to test your own home.
In order to provide Draper residents with information, the city created the attached flyer that explains radon gas and gives homeowners a list of websites they can visit for additional information and a website where they can purchase a low cost, “do-it-yourself” radon test kit. Other test kits may be purchased at local home improvement stores. It is recommended that homeowners conduct a short-term test first. Then, if high levels of radon are found, follow up with either a long-term test or a second short-term test. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality also lists suggestions for installing a radon vent pipe or a passive radon system for mitigation purposes.
The International Residential Code (IRC), as amended and adopted by the state of Utah, does not include any requirements for building inspectors to test for radon gas. Draper City building inspectors follow the state guidelines and do not test for radon gas.
If homeowners have any further questions, it is suggested they contact the Utah Department of Environmental Quality office.
Note: Please see attached copy of Press Release, Flyer and Map.
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Contact: Maridene Hancock, Public Relations Officer (801) 576-6527 Cell: (801) 831-7224